KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Katherine Keith has been named deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the state announced in a press release Friday.
Keith joined the department in the fall of 2021 as a “change management director” for the Alaska Marine Highway System after a career as a consultant, according to the release. She succeeds Rob Carpenter, who left that role last month.
As deputy commissioner, Keith will “oversee a wide variety of multimodal transportation programs focusing on safety, economic vitality, resiliency, and sustainability” and will “lead the department’s community engagement efforts and organizational teaming initiatives,” per the release. She also will “ensure Alaska is partnering to compete for transportation funding opportunities nationwide” made possible by the bipartisan federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021.
"It is my honor to serve the people of the state of Alaska in this new role," said Keith in a prepared statement. "As a team, we will focus on maximizing the once-in-a-generation opportunity presented by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and create a resilient, equitable, and sustainable transportation system.”
DOT Commissioner Ryan Anderson also recognized Keith in a prepared statement: “Deputy Commissioner Keith will provide the energy and the talent needed to improve our transportation systems in these changing times. She will greatly influence our organization in this new role."